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Saturday's Birdies and Bogeys

Who were the winners and losers on Day 3 at Merion? It's time to take a closer look with another edition of birdies and bogeys.

June 13, 2013
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Birdie: Phil Mickelson

If it feels like we've been here before, that's because we have. But this may be a different Mickelson than the one who has a record five runner-ups in the national championship. Unlike the Mickelson who's committed some adrenaline-filled mistakes in the Open, this one has shown remarkable restraint. After his birdie putt on 17 on Saturday gave him the outright lead, Mickelson chose a conservative tee shot on 18, laying way back but still finding the fairway. That he went on to make bogey was immaterial since his intent was to avoid an even bigger number. It's the sort of pragmatism that often pays off on weeks like these. "I feel better equipped than I've ever felt," Phil said of his Sunday chances.
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